Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Review: Trapped

Trapped (Private Justice - Book 2) by Irene Hannon

Publication Date: 09/01/2013
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Imprint: Revell Books
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
Pages: 400
ISBN-10: 0800721241
ISBN-13: 978-0800721244

(Received for an honest review from Revell Books)

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Books in the series:

Vanished (2013), Trapped (2013)

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Excerpt from Trapped, courtesy of the author's website.


When librarian Laura Griffith's sixteen-year-old sister disappears on a frigid February day, leaving only a brief note behind, Laura resolves to do whatever it takes to track down the runaway teen. That includes recruiting ATF agent turned PI James "Dev" Devlin to help. But the deeper he digs, the more he begins to suspect that something sinister is at work in the girl's disappearance. And the closer he gets to uncovering the truth, the clearer it becomes that the situation isn't just dangerous--it's deadly.

Chilling and at times terrifying, Trapped is the latest thrilling read from Irene Hannon, the queen of romantic suspense. Hannon outdoes herself with this fast-paced tale of fear, deception, and just the right dose of romance.


Irene Hannon is the queen of Inspirational Romantic Suspense! With over 40 books to her credit, Hannon never disappoints. Her latest book, Trapped is the second book in the Private Justice series, following the three partners in the Phoenix Inc. detective agency. Hannon's attention to detail and her riveting storytelling are just some of the reasons fans turn to Hannon for all things suspenseful. A teenage runaway, and a sociopathic villain will have readers on the edge of their seats with this one. A great addition to the series.

Reading one of Irene Hannon's books can be a really hair raising experience. More than once the hair on the back of my neck has stood up as I read her detailed descriptions of crime scenes and got in the head of the villains she writes about. Hannon has an uncanny style of writing and makes the reader feel like they are not reading a book, but seeing the story play out in real time. That eerie quality is present in most of the romantic suspense that Hannon writes and Trapped is certainly no exception.

Hannon characters are always easy to identify with and realistic. In Trapped you have a sixteen year old girl who doesn't want to be told what do, and who makes some critical mistakes that lead her down a very dangerous path. Anyone with siblings knows that sisters and brothers do not always see eye of eye on everything, but they always love each other,and that's a definite factor in this story. It was that sisterly bond that drew me in as a reader. Hannon was able to present the relationship between Laura and Darcy in such a way that it was captivating and made me want to see where it went. Once I began getting into the book, I found it hard to put down because of the suspense but also because I needed Laura to find some kind of resolution and for Darcy to be to understand that Laura did the things she did and had the rules she did because she loved her. It became very important to me that these things were worked out. That's the skill of an author who knows how to write good characters.

Speaking of characters James "Dev" Devlin is an excellent example of writing a character who has character. I loved the fact that Hannon doesn't make Dev perfect. He was a strong character with morals and beliefs that he used to lead his life and that made him a true hero. But he had some baggage of his own which made him that much more likable and believable. 

Hannon crafts the romance between Luara and Dev with a deft hand. She sticks to the idea that the Darcy's disappearance is the primary subject and doesn't let the romance take away from that, but only add to the urgency and suspense. Dev and Laura's romance was sweet and poignant. They both relied on God to see them through this situation and to lead them in the way their relationship should go. I liked the fact that Hannon doesn't shy away from her own beliefs and incorporates them into the book so completely, that they are only a natural extension of the story and not a sermon.

The teenage runaway theme was so well drawn and researched that it will certainly make the reader take a look into their own experience with teens who are in trouble. I often think that if I found that troubled teen before the bad guy did, how different the story would be. I think in today's society we are so often caught up in our own selfish world's we forget that there are those out there that need our help and Hannon clearly understands that.

One thing I do have to say about this book. The villain that Hannon portrays for readers here is absolutely chilling. Hannon lets readers into the mind of sociopath with such clarity that it is almost horrifying to think that people like this exist. He is certainly a troubled soul and Hannon makes it very clear that it didn't have to be that way. I loved the way she creeps the reader out with this guy, but doesn't really scare them. It was good vs. evil in a very realistic way. I loved it.

Available September 2013, at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

I'm giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!

About the Author:

Irene Hannon is the author of more than 40 novels, including Vanished and the bestselling Heroes of Quantico and Guardians of Justice series. Her books have been honored with two coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, a HOLT Medallion, a Daphne du Maurier Award, and two Reviewers' Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine. Booklist also included one of her novels in its "Top 10 Inspirational Fiction" list for 2011. She lives in Missouri.

Giveaway Details:

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Carol N Wong said...

Thanks for the review. I think read one of her books before I joined GoodReads. That means except for a few wonderful writers, I cannot remember if I liked her writing or not. This is what happens when you get older!

Carol M said...

I enjoy reading thrillers and this sounds like a good one! I also like finding new authors to read. Thank you for the giveaway!

Carol M said...

I just went back and reread your post. I'm sorry. I thought it was a giveaway. I'll add it to my TBB list. Thanks for the review.